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Port-IT releases full IRIS cyber security package

Netherlands-based Port-IT has released the complete version of its IRIS cyber security package for the maritime industry, building upon the free basic Remote IRIS version of the e-mail scanning service that was announced in April of this year.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The company says that, since it has started using the system with shipping companies, it has managed a 100 per cent detection rate of all ransomware sent to ships or company offices.

IRIS uses virus scanning engines from more than 55 different vendors as part of its cyber protection process, to increase the chances of malicious software being detected before it can become a problem.

In particular, the company says that this has been a major benefit in detecting zero-day threats – for example, in the Port-IT production environment during tests only five of the entire range of anti-virus engines successfully detected a particular zero-day malware, with the products of more than 50 anti-virus vendors unable to successfully detect a threat.

The IRIS scanners update multiple times a day, and automatically scan e-mails within the platform. The system is software based, requiring no additional hardware to be installed for implementation. Three different implementation methods are available depending on the infrastructure in place on the ship.

“Worldwide multi-engine scanning is of upmost importance in any market. An anti-virus vendor in China will more quickly protect its users against a virus that is built in China than against a virus that was built in the United States – this isn’t on purpose, it’s just the effect that time zone differences have,” said Youri Hart, managing director of Port-IT.

“Although anti-virus vendors do deliver signatures during their local night-time, they can run somewhat behind as they may not necessarily be fully staffed at that time. The origin of the outbreak is also important; often the country or region where that virus was built is the region that it will be detected first. This also helps with zero-days. A zero-day in the Netherlands may have already been detected in China. With IRIS you can be protected against these kinds of threats.”

“Using a broad spectrum approach of all these different anti-virus vendors we are doing everything we can to scan e-mails against the newest threats. Since our clients’ vessels travel all over the world, and threats differ from one country to another, we need to incorporate many different local anti-virus vendors into one product to offer you the best protection for your vessels.”{/mprestriction}

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